Donations distributed to Las Vegas shooting victims begins


Distribution of the money raised from the Las Vegas victims fund started Monday. 

The community donated more than $31 million that will benefit 532 victims including the families of the 58-people killed and those who were physically injured.

It’s been five months since the mass shooting and many survivors are still struggling mentally, physically, and financially.

More than half of the 800 plus victims are expected to receive some of the donations.

“I’m very pleased,” said survivor Gary Wise. 

He received an email Monday morning saying he will be getting a check from the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund. Wise first spoke to 8 News NOW when he found out he qualified to receive financial help.

“It’s going to be able to help us because I don’t have insurance and without having a job now, it’s definitely going to help a lot,” he said.

Wise was treated for a gunshot wound during the mass shooting.

He remains under the care of a doctor and has been told he will eventually need surgery to remove bullet fragments from his body. Any help will go a long way in his recovery.

“The payments will start first to the families that lost loved ones and the people who were most significantly injured and then it will be made on a rolling basis to the rest of the survivors,” said Scott Nielson, chairman, Las Vegas Victims’ Fund. 

The families of the 58 victims killed will receive $275,000 dollars. The same amount will also be given to 10 survivors who suffered permanent paralysis or brain damage.

“It’s an amazing amount of money and it really just shows how generous people are and how much they loved the people here when they thought about what they could do to try and reach out and support people,” Nielson said.

The next tier of payouts is determined by the length of hospital stay for those who were injured. It ranges from $17,500 to $200,000. Wise falls under tier two.

“It’s going to make things a little easier,” Wise said.

The last category is for those who were injured and received outpatient treatment. They could get up to $7,900.

All distributions are expected to be handed out by the end of the month.

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